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Old 06-29-2009, 09:55 AM   #1
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Firmware update from Linux?

Hello. I'm considering buying a Sony PRS505, and I wondered if it was possible to do a firmware update from Linux.

Ideally, I'd like to achieve it in one of the following ways (in decreasing order of preference): Linux native, SD card, wine, virtual machine running Windows XP.

Any ideas?
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:03 PM   #2
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The only way to run a firmware update is via the Sony Reader software, which only exists on the Windows platform.

As a Mac user, I've been tempted to run it in a VMWare virtual machine, but I've been warned that it wouldn't work for firmware updates (it would brick the device). It works well enough for normal use, though I don't use it (I'm a Calibre user).

So, unfortunately, I guess you'll be forced to dirty your hands on a real, plastic and metal Windows PC

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Old 06-29-2009, 01:56 PM   #3
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David,

Thank you for your reply... I suspected as much. It's such a pity that companies just "take" what the FOSS movement has to offer, then they happily ignore the ideas behind it -- they'd just support the Windows OS, even though there's probably no technical reason *not* to develop a (firmware update) protocol on top of a standard, leaving out the non-targetted 'consumer' platforms of *their* choice. It shouldn't be too hard to do: I understand other readers do it (for example, upgrading from a file in the SD card, etc.).
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Well, I agree with you... It ain't very useful, but at least it's good to say it
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In the dev subforum you can find Universal Flasher, use it to flash from SD card.
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:23 AM   #6
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"Who are you?": Thank you for the tip. That's exactly what I wanted (failing having a "native" program to run form my Linux box): flexible, easy (for a developer) to change, and (supposedly) working! :-)
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I wasn't aware that the Universal Flasher (also used by PRSCustomizer) could be used for flashing the complete firmware, but only the part of the firmware that is accessible (configuration and script files, ...) and is modified by PRSCustomizer ...

Let me know if it works, and maybe if you find the time please detail the procedure, so that other can apply it too.

Mac users will be very interested, too...

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Let me know if it works, and maybe if you find the time please detail the procedure, so that other can apply it too.
Well, the general idea is here...
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Well, thanks Gwin ! I'll try that when I'll have to reflash...
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